Virtual concert to replace folk festival

Love Holler, an old-time string band from Batesville, is among those scheduled to perform during the “Cabin Fever 2020” virtual concert. The band includes twin sisters Emma and Caroline Russell and their dad, Stacy, who play old time, gospel and traditional country music.

MOUNTAIN VIEW — “After the annual Arkansas Folk Festival was postponed and eventually cancelled, we decided we had to get creative and try to honor the music that has become synonymous with Mountain View,” said Kevin Compton, chairman of Stone Bank, which is based in the Stone County seat.

“We have a relationship with Ozark Highlands Radio, which is produced by the Ozark Folk Center and airs on over 130 public and community radio stations all across the country,” Kirby Williams, Executive Vice President of Stone Bank said.

“We help sponsor their national broadcast and their weekly broadcast on KUAR, the Little Rock NPR affiliate,” Williams added.

Ozark Highland Radio is a weekly one-hour program featuring musical performances, past and present, as well as segments on the cultural history and tradition of the greater Ozarks region.

So, the idea for “Cabin Fever 2020” was born. Working with Daren Dortin, executive producer of the radio program, a handful of area performers were chosen to perform. The online concert is scheduled to stream online at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at www.cabin fever.stonebank.com. You can also follow Stone Bank on Facebook for the concert and for updates leading up to the event. The performance will also be archived on the Stone Bank YouTube Channel.

Performers will include Mountain View area musicians Grace Stormont, Love Holler, the Bow Tanglers, The Gravel Yard Bluegrass Band, Pam Setser, Ed Nicholson and Stan D’Aubin.

The evening will be hosted by Ozark Highland Radio’s on-air host Dave Smith.

Donations will be solicited for the Committee of One Hundred for the Ozark Folk Center which promotes the Ozark Folk Center and its efforts to preserve the folk culture of the Ozarks. Donations may be made to by check to: Committee of 100, P.O. Box 2111, Mountain View 72560.